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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

12) What happens to Linda after she returns from the Savage Reservation to the World State?

In the World State, people are horribly cruel to Linda because she is “[b]loated, sagging, and among those firm youthful bodies, those undistorted faces, a strange and terrifying monster of middle-agedness.” For Linda, “[t]he return to civilization was . . . the return to soma.” For the rest of her life, Linda stays on a permanent soma holiday. At first she stays in a little room in Bernard’s apartment house. Then she gets transferred to the Park Lane Hospital for the Dying, where she dies of a drug overdose.